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Welcome to the 'One Hour Sonic' challenge!

This is a forum where fan artists of 'Sonic the Hedgehog' take initiative in seeing an improvement on their drawings over multiple OHS exercises. One Hour Sonic consists of artists participating in a ONE HOUR exercise of drawing a Sonic fan art piece of any shape, form, depth or concept whilst following rules as outlined below:

Rules to the 'One Hour Sonic' challenge

:bulletblue: Use any graphics software of your choice (Adobe Photoshop, Paint Tool SAI, Open Canvas). Go for a horizontally (900 x 720px) or vertically (600 x 800px) aligned canvas. If you got a screen recording program (e.g. Camtasia Studios), open that up and get ready to capture your exercise in real-time.
:bulletblue: Go to Online Stopwatch to use as your official timer for the exercise. When you're ready to go press 'record' (on your screen recording program) and 'start' on your online stopwatch to begin.
:bulletblue: Start drawing away! Don't worry about making mistakes - just keep going (it's all part of the exercise as you can improve on your next run!). Save the file you're working on at any time during the exercise (i.e. Ctrl+S). Be sure to keep at a good pace and try not to get distracted by anything other than your drawing. I usually create set song playlist that lasts for an hour to keep me in good rhythm - plus it lets me know when it's almost times up!
:bulletblue: When you're done, save your work, press stop on the stop watch as well as your screen-recorder. Upload your finished drawing (even if it's not complete - you still have to post it up) and (if you were recording your work) your video on a Youtube account!
:bulletblue: Go to Other Things to Consider for official rules updates/add-ons (it is found just below you, indicated with a :bulletgreen:). Also any new rule that are implemented/updated according to the date at present will have no effect on entries prior to the establishment of the new rule.

Extra Challenges (do these if you're confident to turn the challenge up a notch!)

Level 02:

:bulletred: At the beginning of each exercise (right after clicking START on the online stopwatch/timer) try to come up with 3 different concepts in sketches before doodling your official piece.
:bulletred: Try to include at least more than one character per challenge.
:bulletred: Complete the piece with a tangible & non-abstract background.

Level 03:

:bulletred: Complete the challenge along with the extras within 45 minutes. (Hell even I couldn't do this yet! But maybe someday!)

My Personal Archive (here are some examples of my own, each with complete video links)

One Hour Sonic 001 - Sonic Falling by ElsonWong One Hour Sonic 002 - Tails Flying by ElsonWong One Hour Sonic 003 - Amy and Coffee by ElsonWong One Hour Sonic 004 - Blaze and Cake by ElsonWong

Other Things to Consider

:bulletgreen: Be sure to TITLE/TAG every drawing you make with OHS #--- or One Hour Sonic # ---, this will make it easier for us to decide whether an OHS entry is genuine or not. It is encouraged that you come up with a unique name to your deviation when tagging it with OHS/One Hour Sonic. Also please indicate roughly how long it took for you to complete your drawing in your descriptions also. (Updated! - added in 27th FEB 2013)
:bulletgreen:  NO TEXT/TYPE allowed in your drawings with the following exceptions: artist's signature; type that is used to portray a logo/commercial writing in the background or object (like a poster); and artistic application of text e.g. graffiti on the wall or finger writing on a sandy beach. (Updated! - added in 27th FEB 2013)
:bulletgreen: Sorry, no humanised versions of Sonic universe characters. Also no drawings of human characters other than the ones featured officially in a Sonic game (e.g. Maria Robotnik).(Added in 10th MAY 2012)
:bulletgreen: No yaoi please (e.g. Sonadow). Same goes for the opposite sex. This is a fun and friendly themed gallery which can be kick-ass on it's own!(Added in 10th MAY 2012)
:bulletgreen: No excessive violence please. Though mild violence is alright especially when done in the right context. And no hentai obviously.(Added in 10th MAY 2012)
:bulletgreen: Unfortunately OHS only accepts hand drawn images. Photography & sculpting at this point of time, I feel, would deviate from the original concept. (Updated! - added in 20th JAN 2012)
:bulletgreen: Sorry, no fan-characters please. Strictly Sonic universe characters. Other characters from video gaming/cartoon universes are allowed but they will be submitted under the Special Cameo folder. Thanks! (Updated! - added in 18th JAN 2012)
:bulletgreen: Comic submissions are not allowed. Doing works of this nature would not match the concept of a 'One Hour Sonic'. Though there are exceptions on use of dialogue and paneling in a drawing. Please try to keep it to a minumum. We will remove any 'comic page' styled submissions with accordance to the 'founder' & 'contributor's' discretion. (Updated! - added in 17th JAN 2012)
:bulletgreen: It is not essential to screen-record your progress however it'll be great if you could because a) it is evidence that you did the submission in 60 minutes or less and b) it is a fantastic learning tool for those who want to understand and learn how you conduct your artistic process. (Updated! - added in 16th JAN 2012)
:bulletgreen: If you cannot do this by digital means you're more than welcome to complete the task using traditional means. What I mean by this is that you can do it the old fashioned way and still achieve the same results - pen + paper + scanner + timer. Nothing should stop you from giving it a go!
:bulletgreen: Anyone can enter and there is no particular due date or start time - you can do this whenever you like, though my thoughts are that it's best to draw when you're inspired, feeling creative or just want to practice your drawing and colouring techniques.
:bulletgreen: Do as many 'One Hour Sonic's as you want! Probably when you get to 20 entries you'll see a major difference in your work over the year - it's all about improving one's technique and having a great time doing it.

It only takes one hour of your week, there's no excuse! ;) 8-)

Hello everyone, sorry for the small delay with the winners announcement (AGAIN). Problems, Birthday and stuff make me really busy.. ^^"

Anyways, this journal will announce the winners of the Weekly theme 005 and also the end of the Weekly Theme for now.
This may make some peoples sad, but the weekly theme was a little test and also something who was only for the Summer, since the school is starting soon, a lot of artists going to be busy and won't have the time to make any new OHS.. ^^"

But anyways, let's start and finish the Weekly theme with the winners of the Weekly Theme 005 who was based on "A day at the beach" .

Judge of the week : :iconludolik:

Underwater by DunaLonghorn

Winner of the third WT, congraluation to Tsubasanokami !

In the second place

Banal Beach by Ashman718

:iconludolik: Sadly, you are second on the podium, you have used 30 extra minutes on the timer for make this drawing who cost you the frist place.. :(

In the third place

OHS: Rouge at the Beach by MidnightSunrise104

Thanks you to everyone who joined the weekly theme, this was a really interesting experience to see a lot of people being challenged with a special theme. :heart:

This journal can seems short, but i really forced myself to do it.. I'm sorry.
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We are a group of artists who want to challenge ourselves to a session that's called a 'One Hour Sonic'. Members who participate are given 60 minutes to exercise their creative flair and complete a drawing based off the popular 'Sonic the Hedgehog' universe.

For a video introduction to 'One Hour Sonic' please watch the video listed on my Youtube site. For a detailed explanation of the rules and purpose of the challenge head over to the
:bulletred: Official Rules :bulletred: page.

This initiative was created by Darkspeeds in a bid to give others an opportunity to learn from each other's creative experiences (that is also captured on video for reference - in some cases).









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YoshiLuigiFan22 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Student General Artist
i did another one hour sonic woohoo!!!! i jsut ended up sending it to featured since igot it all done!
Solar-Arts Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Student General Artist
I have a question do bathroom breaks/ going to sleep count or do they not like If I start it and only did 15 minutes can I finish the rest of my time the next day cause I ushally get my ideas really late and end up falling asleep. Thanks.
yoyotinpiney Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hi guys I need help my computer stopped running camstudio and is there any other FREE programs.
(Also anything less then 50$)
Kittens-and-wolves Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Try FireAlpaca
yoyotinpiney Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
like for recording things
Kittens-and-wolves Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Like recording your screen?
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GeoMoonElation Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Could we please become an affiliate of your group? We're a new Sonic group dedicated to 3D Sonic art that was made from scratch (nothing ripped from games), to show and encourage 3D artists to make their own stuff instead of using ripped content (too much of that stuff around here maybe)


This group is really cool and has a fun idea of creating Sonic artwork in just an hour. That must take some skill and practice, especially with a lot of the insanely good images that result! It would great to affiliate with you guys! :D
AlternativeSaga Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student General Artist… This is my 1st One Hour Sonic and I don't know how you get them so here. :)
AlternativeSaga Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Can I join? I want to try and improve my drawings, but I can only do it on my kindle fire HD. Is that okay?
BabyKichy Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Can I join? I've never done an OHS before, but I'd love to give it a try and improve.
BabyKichy Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist…
I tried, too fast though, in under 24 minutes, it was completed...
DarkfoX9001 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Question. I don't draw, but I do make sprite comics and images. Would it be possible to do a OHS by making a Sprite comic or image. I use good old MS Paint and various images/sprite sheets on Google images. If I can, I would love to participate!
Sayamiyazaki Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for requesting my pic^^
VOREadmirer99 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist
Hi may i add my sonic pic here?
And possibly join as well? x3
fandeidol334 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013   General Artist
JadeTheKittyCat Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
When i do OHS next time, i'm doing it in 2D. -_-''''' This stupid piece of *bleep*.....
WarHexpod Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Quick question; what if you draw something traditionally on paper in, say, 57 minutes, but then you upload it into editing software to crop it/enhance the colors. Do you tack on the editing time to your drawing time?
MorayK Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Can I join?
Sugary-Cakes Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student General Artist
hey what does it mean by one hour sonic?Does that mean the person has to draw something in an hour?
ultrtruehyperdarkson Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Sugary-Cakes Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Student General Artist
hmmm,does it have to be colored?
ultrtruehyperdarkson Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
yes but if you don't finish the drawing in under a hour you still can submit it
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Zubwayori Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013   Artist
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